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Friday, April 24, 2015

Pop-Up Radar: Cheesesteaks (and Wings) at Deli Board

Posted By on Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 2:21 PM

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We love a good pop-up around here. Their fleeting nature makes stopping by a little tricky (and we sometimes have to review them on Day One, which has the potential to be less than fair). But Deli Board knows their sandwiches, and our trust that they would know how to do a cheesesteak properly was not misplaced.

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  • Peter Lawrence Kane
The menu was a little different from what Deli Board initially hinted at — there was no soup, and only the one sandwich, for instance — and the chicken wings were completely gone shortly after 9 p.m., as wings tend to do. But there were some pleasant surprises, like the board rolls ($4 for two), thick egg rolls with fillings like pizza (pepperoni, cheese and marinara). The veggie was essentially a fried artichoke-spinach dip, and if that doesn’t taste like growing up in the Northeast, then nothing will.

You’d have rocks in your head not to order that cheesesteak ($11), though. It’s meaty, messy, slathered in hot peppers, and the bread is perfection. (Eater reported that them buns is flown in from Pennsylvania, but I neglected to verify.) The only sour note was the dry little pile of shredded carrots and cabbage on the side. If they’d been pickled or seasoned in some way, it would have been great, but they were raw, and added nothing.

Deli Board usually closes at 4 p.m., but since this entire project is done in-house, maybe they can be persuaded to stay open late on a permanent basis. Not that it’s especially late, but we did notice that everyone in there seemed to be somewhere between tipsy and borderline-blackout-drunk at 9:30 on a Thursday night. If you do walk in the door after boozing it up on an empty stomach after work, well, nothing’s going to sober you up like a big old cheesesteak.

Cheesesteak Pop-Up, 7-10 p.m., Thursdays through May 28 except May 7, at Deli Board, 1058 Folsom.


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Peter Lawrence Kane

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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